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Re: Who says dromaeosaurs can't fly?

On Sunday, September 15, 2002, at 11:50 PM, StephanPickering@cs.com wrote:

     The late scholar Gershom Scholem once said: Science/philosophy/art is the deliberate misuse of language specifically designed for that purpose.

Yes! If philosophy is thinking of bad reasons for what we believe anyway, science is thinking of bad reasons for what we see anyway. :-)

On Sunday, September 15, 2002, at 11:55  PM, philidor11@snet.net wrote:

If someone wanted to be hard-headed, testing an idea against
other ideas could be called philosophy.  To me, because the standards
(the ideas against which paleontological hypotheses are tested)
are based on the best available observations from many fields
and are applied with rigorous honesty, paleontology
deserves to be considered a science.

Most science consists of testing against ideas, the difference between science and philosophy is that a scientific theory could, in principal, be falsified by observation.
Palaeontology is definitely a science, even if it does get a long way from observation. So does theoretical physics (no-one has ever seen a quark, let alone a super-string).

John Conway, Palaeoartist

"All art is quite useless." - Oscar Wilde

Systematic ramblings: http://homepage.mac.com/john_conway/
Palaeoart: http://homepage.mac.com/john_conway/_palaeoart.html